By James Joyce
The portrayal of Stephen Dedalus's Dublin adolescence and formative years, his quest for id via paintings and his slow emancipation from the claims of relatives, faith and eire itself, can also be an indirect self-portrait of the younger James Joyce and a common testomony to the artist's 'eternal imagination'.
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One remarkable aspect of this massive work is the connection between the parts dealing with logic and natural philosophy, on the one hand, and the part devoted to metaphysics, on the other. Thus, some metaphysical doctrines are announced either in logic or in natural philosophy: Avicenna informs the reader that further developments of certain logical or physical issues will be found in metaphysics, since the scientific scope of logic and physics is limited. 1 A more peculiar – and, in my opinion, more interesting – type of ‘interface’ between logic and physics, on the one side, and metaphysics, on the other, is the case of logical or physical doctrines repeated in metaphysics: there are certain doctrines already developed in logic and physics which Avicenna expounds extensively in metaphysics for a second time.
Briefly, Karger contends, the theory lays out a system of rules for determining the validity of inferences for categorical sentences that cannot be made to conform to the standard categorical forms. 22 What I want to emphasize instead is the means by which she was able to shift theoretical gears, specifically, by asking two ‘unduly neglected questions’: ‘(a) what is the purpose of TM [the theory of the modes of personal supposition]? ’23 Her theoretical advance was made possible as a result of asking a rather simple methodological question: what was the purpose of the doctrine according to Ockham?
First, they are distinguished according to their respective goals. Second, they are distinguished according to the various contexts within which the history of logic is examined. 1 Rational Reconstruction What are the aims of the Rational Reconstructionist? 34 In the case study sketched above, we can see the efforts to present an Ockham who has been re-educated by the developments and goals of modern logical theory. Although anachronism is unavoidable for those using this approach to historical material,35 it is not necessarily pernicious as a contribution to the history of logic if it is done self-consciously and explicitly.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (UK Edition) by James Joyce